VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Volunteers are a critical part of our mission to protect the land of Sonoma County. Due to COVID-19, our volunteer program is currently on hold and we are unable to accommodate new applications and requests. As soon as it’s safe to do so, we look forward to welcoming volunteers once more.

Get Involved

Volunteer your time to help Sonoma Land Trust ensure that our county’s beautiful, wild and working lands will remain protected for generations to come.

Volunteer Opportunities

Scroll down to explore the many ways you can join our great community of volunteers who help us in this vital work! If you are interested in one of these volunteer opportunities, please reach out to the appropriate staff person as listed below.

Citizen Scientists

Scientists will monitor numerous biological and physical parameters at Sears Point over the next 15 years. This is information that helps the entire restoration community better understand what worked, what didn’t and how natural processes are unfolding there. One of these parameters will be bird use of the site, primarily shorebirds and waterfowl. The scientists collecting the data will be people like you. While we can really use skilled birders, we are looking for anyone with an interest. Trainings will cover data collection and bird ID. Of course, bird ID is learned through long hours in the field. This is a chance to partner up with those more skilled than you and learn. Or, if you already have those skills, it’s an opportunity to share your knowledge. The trainings will be led by consultant Daniel Edelstein who has spent 20 years leading bird surveys and birding trips, and teaches at Merritt College in Oakland. Contact Julian Meisler for more information.

Event and Support

Event volunteers play an integral part in the success of an event by helping with pre-event preparations and providing day-of support. We are grateful when volunteers let us know in advance that they can help “wherever help is needed,” because specific assignments often play out differently than expected. Contact Melissa Bennett for more information.

Glen Oaks Ranch Tools & Trail Crew

Be part of the year-round crew that helps care for our historic Glen Oaks Ranch in Glen Ellen. Tasks include clearing and maintaining hiking trails, removing downed trees, and keeping picnic tables and signs clean. You’ll attend an early spring training to learn about annual tasks that will be completed under the supervision of our stewardship team. Contact Tony Nelson for more information.

Team Tolay

Join a crew of volunteers who “adopt” Tolay Creek Ranch along Hwy 121 near Sonoma Raceway and support specific year-round care and maintenance in coordination with our stewardship staff. You’ll help with wintertime erosion control work, including willow staking and native species planting. Spring and summer projects include weeding of native plants and trees, repairs to browse protection cages and vegetation monitoring. Each day begins with a demonstration, so you know exactly what’s expected. Contact Tom Tolliver or more information.

Internships

Sonoma Land Trust offers internships each semester. Internships can range from field work in stewardship to outings with the On the Land program to office assistance opportunities and more. Students at Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College are eligible to receive one to two units of academic credit. Visit our internship page for current openings. Contact Ingrid Stearns for more information.

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